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Please note that the 20,000 free passes for people in the community who face financial barriers have now been distributed. The CNE would like to thank the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto for their role in distributing these complimentary passes to individuals who face such barriers.

CNE Introduces New Affordability Admission Pass Initiative

As Canada’s largest community celebration, the Canadian National Exhibition Association recognizes that a number of people living in the region face financial barriers.  

Therefore, in 2018 the CNEA launched a new initiative that made 20,000 free passes available to people who face such barriers.  We partnered with the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto to deliver the free pass program.  These organizations work daily with persons who face financial barriers, which is not the CNE’s area of expertise.

Participating Programs included:
  • The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) through 16 select offices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
  • Select agencies providing Youth Outreach Worker programs across the GTA
  • The Ontario Works program in Toronto
How To Access Passes:

Passes were available and issued on a first-come, first-served basis to program participants. Participants must have visited their local office where they access services to receive the passes.

Please note: All events and attractions are FREE* with Admission to the CNE (August 17 to September 3, 2018). 

You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the CNE.

*not including rides and games

Our Partners

The CNEA appreciates the efforts of our partners, the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the City of Toronto.  They distributed the passes through their programs that work with low-income earners, persons receiving support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), youth and families receiving support from Youth Outreach Workers, as well as parents receiving Ontario Works support who were interested in taking their children to the CNE.

Participating Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Offices:
  • Brampton
  • Brantford
  • Burlington
  • Golden Mile
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Lawrence-Heights
  • Malvern
  • Mississauga
  • Newmarket
  • Oshawa
  • Parkdale
  • Simcoe
  • Willowdale
  • Yonge
  • Yorkgate
Youth Outreach Worker offices:

Passes were also available at select agencies provide Youth Outreach Worker programs across the Greater Toronto Area and could be accessed in-person, on a first-come, first-served basis at:

  • 360 Kids
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Caribbean African Canadian Social Services
  • East Metro Youth Services
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Women’s Multi-Cultural Resource and Counselling Centre
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto Youth Outreach Workers – Peel Region
  • Yorktown Child and Family Services
Ontario Works Program Locations:

Passes were also available for participants of the Ontario Works Program in the City of Toronto for parents who wished to take their children to the CNE.

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